Squash, Pistachio, and Quinoa Salad

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

10-12 mins

Free Time

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Once you try this easy grain salad, you're going to want to make it again and again. Cook quinoa, squash and broccoli all in one dish, then toss with fresh greens and pistachios and drizzle with a tangy dijon mustard-balsamic dressing.

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • ½ cup (90g)  quinoa
  • ¾ cup (180ml) water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (60g) kabocha or any winter squash, peeled and diced 
  • ½ cup (45g) broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • ½ tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon mint, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • tablespoons balsamic, apple cider,or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Arugula, watercress or spinach


  1. Add the quinoa, water, oil, salt, squash, and broccoli florets into the Anyday dish and mix to combine. Cover with the lid (knob lifted). Cook in the microwave at Power Level 8tooltip for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Rest covered for 2-5 minutes. Fold in the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • To enjoy this salad cold, allow the dish to fully cool before mixing in the remaining ingredients.
  • Substitute the vegetables listed for cauliflower, snow peas, zucchini, and bell peppers.
  • For extra flavor, add crumbled feta or goat cheese.

Recipe notes

  • Cook the quinoa ahead of time and season as needed.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed